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If Critical Thinking Were A Religion… – thecriticalthinker

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“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason  and your own common sense.”

– Siddharta Gautama Buddha

Responses to “If Critical Thinking Were A Religion…”

  1. Some time ago, we also featured Jiddu Krishnamurti’s speech when he dissolved his own religious order, which rings well with Buddha’s words.

    http://thecriticalthinker.wordpress.com/2008/08/22/jiddu-krishnamurti-critical-thinker/

  2. There is a passage right in the beginning of Vasishtha’s Yoga by Swami Venkatesananda that states almost the exact same thing, I just thought that I would share. )

“The remark of even a child is to be accepted, if it is in accordance with reason; but the remark of even Brahma Himself, the creator of the world, is to be rejected like a piece of straw if it does not accord with reason.”

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Written by morris

February 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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  1. consensus of like-minded individuals

    You are making an unqualified assumption that people have to agree on something for it to be held true.

    Critical thinking involves dissent and debate. We try to avoid “confirmation bias” or simply being proved correct–by entertaining counterviews. This is the opposite of theology/religion–which imposes truth by authority.

    Mark T. Market

    February 18, 2009 at 2:40 am

  2. So theology and/or morality through consensus of like-minded individuals? While still lending itself to sophistry, it’s not the worst idea I’ve ever heard of.

    jonolan

    February 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm

  3. Mark T Market (Whose original post it was)
    Seconded – Not much happens in isolation …
    Before the Printing press, then the airwaves there must have been more discourse …

    morris

    February 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

  4. True critical thinking would hold ones’ own “reason” at least as suspect of that of any other entity. After all there’s little inside of us that allows for objective review of our thoughts and motives – and we lie to ourselves on a daily basis.

    One can’t exercise critical thinking in a vacuum. You need discourse with others to compare ideas with.

    Mark T. Market

    February 17, 2009 at 2:42 pm

  5. Gotta:

    Trust one’s self

    Question authority

    Discern according to experience

    Consider the wisdom of Buddha

    Or even the Bible: ‘One man’s meat is another man’s poison’

    Given the state of our media – and revisionism ….

    And the deluge of the information age …

    morris

    February 17, 2009 at 2:35 pm

  6. This seems to be an oddly arrogant and foolish philosophy. What chance do any of you have of being correct in your “reason” more than a tiny fraction of the time?

    True critical thinking would hold ones’ own “reason” at least as suspect of that of any other entity. After all there’s little inside of us that allows for objective review of our thoughts and motives – and we lie to ourselves on a daily basis.

    jonolan

    February 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm


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